The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: EventsThursday, 11 May 2023, 11:00
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Am Wingertsberg 4, 61348 Bad Homburg
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe University
Talia Glucklich (Goethe University/Tel Aviv University)
»You cannot take away someone’s story without giving them a new one: Dominant and Counter Narratives on Child Sexual Abuse«
The historical and contemporary perspectives teach us that understanding a phenomenon can never be a one-dimensional affair, among other things because every phenomenon depends on a multitude of dynamic factors. This is also the case for the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) phenomenon, which will be the focus of this presentation. This phenomenon is extremely worrisome in its scope and ramifications, and it can be seen that it occupies researchers, professionals, the media and the general public. At the same time, and despite the alarming data about it, it can be considered a silenced phenomenon that is often treated, on a personal level as well as on a social level, as taboo. In this context, the dominant discourse on CSA often contains narratives laden with disinformation that are characterized by stereotypes that perpetuate a reality of power relations and inequality.
The understanding of the immense power of dominant narratives, and the severe consequences for children and adults who have experienced CSA from perceiving these narratives as true, was one of the main reasons for the establishment of worldwide inquiries on the issue of CSA. The knowledge produced and disseminated by the inquiries, which largely relied on the testimonies of survivors, served as the basis for the creation of counter-narratives that could fight the popular and distorted existing narratives. In this presentation I examine how the new knowledge created by the German and Israeli inquiries into CSA contributed to creating counter-narratives to three dominant narratives on this phenomenon.
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